Review: Brutal Youth


3 stars

This is the cover 🙂

Title: Brutal Youth

Author: Anthony Breznican

Published: June 10th 2014 by Thomas Dunne Books

Plot: Three freshmen must join forces to survive at a troubled, working-class Catholic high school with a student body full of bullies and zealots, and a faculty that’s even worse.

With a plunging reputation and enrollment rate, Saint Michael’s has become a crumbling dumping ground for expelled delinquents and a haven for the stridently religious when incoming freshman Peter Davidek signs up.

On his first day, tensions are clearly on the rise as a picked-upon upperclassmen finally snaps, unleashing a violent attack on both the students who tormented him for so long, and the corrupt, petty faculty that let it happen.

Throughout Peter’s time there, he befriends fellow freshmen Noah (a volatile classmate whose face bears the scars of a hard-fighting past) and Lorelei, who is beautiful and lonely, and is too eager to become popular, making only enemies.

To even stand a chance at surviving their freshmen year, the trio must join forces as they navigate a bullying culture dominated by administrators like the once popular Ms. Bromine, their embittered guidance counselor, and Father Mercedes, the parish priest who plans to scapegoat the students as he makes off with church finances.

This book was good, and interesting to read. This was very different from what I was used to reading, because I don’t usually read a lot of bullying books, and “delinquent” kids surviving a Catholic church, so I didn’t even know it was going to be like this until I read the blurb… So yup 🙂


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